I can’t believe another month is gone this year. I’ve written a song every day for five months now and pretty much recorded them the same day. I never thought I couldn’t do it but I’ve also been amazed at my sheer will to do it. Honestly, most of the time I’m excited because it’s something new to listen to. I guess that’s my number one suggestion to young musicians. Be a fan of your own music, it makes things a little easier when things get tough.
I dug the bones of this song out of my unreleased archives and rewrote several parts of it. Including the guitar interludes and the verses. “What It Gonna Take” is kind of a rockin’ break up song. I wrote the first version of this song in Amsterdam in 2005. This song features Mike Lowdermilk on bass guitar and Dave Brockway on drums.
My band is playing in Pinehurst tonight at a wedding rehearsal, so I thought it was only appropriate to write a Pinehurst themed golf song. The last few years I’ve had the pleasure of going to Pinehurst a few times a year to perform or to play in golf tournaments. The Carolina Golf Hall of Fame is there as well and I’m hoping my friend Howard Ward, a wonderful writer who has carried the golf voice of Pinehurst will get the nod this year.
“The Golf God and Pinehurst” is about how if there is a golf god, he’s living in Pinehurst.
Big week on the recycling boat once again. But it’s over now and I’m heading to a golf tournament in Georgia. I have barely played this year so I’m mainly going to have fun and to play some music with an old friend of mine. I must admit, tonight’s came pretty fast and I recorded it as quickly.
Well Lebron lost, as I said yesterday, I hope he stays. I was going to do a song about that today but it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to, so I arrived at this one. Maybe I’m subconsciously speaking to Lebron in the song telling him to smile and get over it. I think that’s why they lost. They quit having fun. That’s something we should never do. Always have fun, even if things aren’t so great. I know, better said than done. At least it’s a nice thought.
Today’s been one of those days where I don’t feel so hot. It doesn’t happen too often. I guess my immense fence building project is starting to get the best of me. I’ve got about forty feet out of seven hundred put up. If I get it done by August I’ll be doing well.
Today’s song is the first country sounding song that I’ve done in a while. I used to write stuff like this all the time but this year I’ve tended to be a little more indie rock. Anyway, I hope you’re having a great weekend!
I’ve enjoyed a weekend without a gig. I’m not playing much this month because next month I’m playing a lot of big gigs. It will be very nice to start the new gig season playing so many of my 365 Songs. I’m gonna start all my shows with “Geometrically in Perfect Touch” my favorite tune that I’ve written so far.
Today’s song is one that just came out when I sat down. I’m making a conscious effort to be out of the studio this weekend, so it’s nice to be productive when I’m here. My fence building has taken precedence so far.
Welcome to Chris Cates.com. I'm an old school independent artist with lots of albums, songs, solar panels etc. This site tries to encapsulate what it is I've been doing since I played my first professional gig at 13. I post a song of the day occasionally from my somewhat excessive original song catalogue and I'm constantly recording new material when I'm not building solar farms, trying to play golf or tennis or taking care of my new twin girls.